family events

Looking for family friendly events? Community festivals, fun runs, shows, displays, concerts and adventures wait in the Great Lakes. If you are coming in school holiday time there are always a wide range of events just for kids guaranteed to entertain. These events are also a great way to explore the region, make new friends and get to know the locals. Make sure you check the calendar before you come so you don’t miss out on a great event.

Music in the Back Paddock - Sweet 'n Swampy

Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018, 1pm-4pm Venue: Great Lakes Winery Contact: 02 4997 7255

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Family friendly music days in the back paddock are a highlight at Great Lakes Paddocks. A day in the country with family and friends kicking back with a picnic listening to live music is a great escap...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Date: Wed 27 Jun 2018, 10:30am & 1pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

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As part of the Manning Winter Festival ... The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is based on the genius of children’s literature, Eric Carle’s incredible stories that come to life on stage i...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Fred Williams Skiers and Boaties Reunion

Date: Sat 7 Jul - Sun 8 Jul 2018 Venue: Point Road Reserve, Tuncurry Contact: 02 6554 3402

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Hosted by the Mid North Coast Speedboat Club Inc. Spectators can expect demonstrations from local and international race boats including the new Spirit of Australia II - which is attempting to brea...

Forster Keys Evermore Living Family Fun Day

Date: Sun 8 Jul 2018, 9am-3pm Venue: Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys Contact: 02 6555 5076

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Don't miss Forster Tuncurry's biggest event - the Forster Keys Evermore Living Family Fun Day on Sunday 8th July from 9am to 3pm! This free event will be held at Elizabeth Reserve (at the end of K...

Crazy Day

Date: Thu 12 July 2018 Venue: Forster Contact: 02 6554 6688

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Bargains all the way at the Annual Crazy Shopping Day. With sales and specials to be found throughout town - Stockland Forster, Wharf Street and Tuncurry. Wharf St will be closed for what is the to...

Le Tour De Colour

Date: Sun 15 Jul 2018, 10am-2pm Venue: Club Taree Contact: 02 6539 4000

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Imagine a Colour Run which is less about the run and more about the fun. Held here at Club Taree at the rear of the Club we are setting up an easy 500 metre track, we are loading in some awesome tunes...

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Manning

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: 0427 535 093

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Don’t miss all the action at the Manning Campdraft starting at 7.00am at Wingham Showground.  Junior Campdraft entry is $20 for 8-U11 and $22 for 11-U13.  Entry is $24 for 13-U15 and $...

Sunshine Hour

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 2pm Venue: Forster Baptist Church, Carawa/Maneela St. Contact: 0438 471 941

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Walyz along to Sunshine Hour. Enjoy an afternoon with John Tiley from Manning River Ballroom Dance School. Ross Jacobs will dleight you with a musical interlude on the spoons, accompanied by Bet...

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Gloucester

Date: Thur 19 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Gloucester Showground Contact: 0407 456 043

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Don’t miss all the action at the Gloucester Campdraft starting at 7.00am at Gloucester Showground.  Junior Campdraft entry is $18 for 8-U11 and 11-U13.  Entry is $20 for 13-U15 and $22...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Wallamba

Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Nabiac Showground Contact: 0448 895 828

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Don’t miss all the action at the Wallamba Campdraft.  Entry is $16 for 8-U11 and 11-U13.  Entry is $18 for 13-U15 and $21 for 15-U17 and 17-U21. Campdraft entries open via campdraft...

Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine

Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018, 10:30am & 1:30pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

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What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George's Marvellous Medicine ...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Fundraiser Trivia Night

Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018, 6:45pm Venue: Club Taree Contact: 0419 148 113

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Join us for a fundraiser trivia night with all proceeds to the Manning Valley's community owned, Bushland Health Group Ltd. Hosted by Warren Berry. Hundreds of prizes, monster raffles, fun and g...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Dirty Dog Tail Run

Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018, 9:30am-1:30pm Venue: Coopernook State Forest Contact: 0402 519 521

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Grab the mutts and join us for a super-duper day of barking mad fun. Set amongst the beautiful Coopernook State Forest of NSW, enjoy a run or walk with your best friend. Get away from the usual dog...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

XXXX Gold Cup

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. The XXXX Gold Cup is the premier race day of the year and in 2018 it will feature 'The Pearl' 1200m sprint race. ...

Stroud Rodeo & Campdraft

Date: Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep 2018 Venue: Stroud Showground Contact: 0437 759 459

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Stroud, just 50 minutes North of Newcastle, is a township has a population of some 600, growing to around 5,000 for the weekend of the Rodeo, held in September each year. The Stroud Rodeo is a prem...

Groovin in the Garden Fundraiser

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Manning Valley Community Gardens Contact: 0456 640 747

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Groovin' in the Garden 2018 date has been set! Thanks to you, our community - Groovin in the Garden has had an extremely successful 2 years and is hoping for a even better third. Save the date f...

Twilight River Festival

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 3-9pm Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Rediscover the magic of your own backyard with Discovery Parks – Forster’s free Twilight River Festival. You’re invited to join the Discovery Parks – Forster family for an afte...

42nd National Chevrolet Festival

Date: Fri 21 Sep- Mon 24 Sep 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0412 195 703

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Entrants must have a Registered vehicle and it must have a Chevrolet Compliance plate or an Australian compliance plate for Chevrolet vehicles assembled in Australia. Other GM products are not eligibl...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Old Bar Festival

Date: Sat 29 Sep & Sun 1 Oct 2018 Venue: Old Bar Road Contact: 02 6553 3666

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Great family fun day! -Kombi Display -Classic Car Display -Mega Markets -Live Music -Kids Entertainment -Fireworks...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Light the Night

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together all over the country. Those attending raise money to help give local families fac...

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

Date: Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct 2018 Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: http://www.akoostik.com.au/

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The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians.  Friday 19 October:DragonThe Swamp StompersMinni...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Hannam Vale Open Garden Day

Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Hannam Vale Contact: 0414 989 776

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Hannam Vale Open Garden Day will have a collection of private country gardens open for just six hours on Sunday 21 October for you to visit at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in ...

Lakeside Festival

Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0409 320 620

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Lakeside Music Festival is eight hours of incredible live music on a single intimate stage right by the stunning Wallis Lake. A bar that won't send you broke, good food and you can bring the kids. ...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

Free Kids Disco - Show Event Block

Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Dec 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

Free Kids Disco - Show Event Block

Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Seafood Raceday

Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. Showcasing the best local seafood that the Great Lakes has to offer. Gates open at 12 noon (subject to change). ...

Men of League Charity Raceday

Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. Gates open at 12 noon (subject to change). Entry fee: $5 members and pensioners, $10 non-members, kids under 16 ...

Ladies Raceday

Date: Sat 18 May 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. The first 100 ladies through the gate receive a free gift bag with goodies as well as a voucher for a glass of champagn...


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